Seafood is fresh, says industry

By ZOE SINCLAIRzoe@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

GLADSTONE fishermen and retailers yesterday claimed their seafood was as clean, fresh and healthy as ever.

Test results checking local seafood for contamination are expected tomorrow but retailers said the majority of product was caught outside the harbour in areas untouched by Tuesday's oil spill.

Prawn trawler skipper Haydn Mann has always unloaded his catch in Gladstone and wasn't deterred yesterday.

Mr Mann fished for tiger prawns off Yeppoon and said he had no trouble finding buyers.

'Where we've been it's all nice and clean,' Mr Mann said.

However Gladstone Fish Market proprietor Simon Whittingham and Urangan Fisheries proprietor Steve Armstrong appealed for the testing to be completed as soon as possible so the Gladstone seafood industry could get back to business as usual.

'Get the testing done,' Mr Armstrong said. 'We want the green light.'

In the meantime Mr Whittingham said residents should have no concerns about buying seafood.

'They can walk into their local seafood shop with 100 per cent confidence that their food hasn't been contaminated,' Mr Whittingham said.



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